The Reflection Project + Add Color (Refugee Boat) | Yoko Ono

When 18 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
Where Multiple locations across Downtown Manhattan

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents large-scale public artworks by the artist Yoko Ono as part of the 18th annual River To River Festival. Comprised of two projects—The Reflection Project and the U.S premiere of Add Color (Refugee Boat)—LMCC will stage the largest public exhibition ever of the artist’s work in Downtown New York in over 20 locations.

The Reflection Project is a visual and mnemonic counterpoint to the relentless pace of the everyday, an invitation to connect passersby to moments of personal, meditative pause through the placement of art in non-traditional spaces. Featuring Yoko Ono as the inaugural artist, The Reflection Project seeks to perform urban acupuncture with large-scale art, stimulating the city’s vast nerve networkFive of the artist’s iconic instructive text works, including IMAGINE PEACE and DREAM, will be exhibited across Lower Manhattan. Each piece is a prompt wherein Ono speaks directly to New Yorkers, rallying the collective consciousness towards heightened awareness, hope and action.

Launching simultaneously, LMCC presents the U.S. Premiere of Ono’s Add Color (Refugee Boat) (1960/2019), a participatory installation piece shown for the first time in the United States. Upon opening, the work comprises of a small boat placed within an empty space. The public will then be invited to paint their thoughts, ideas and hopes on the walls, floor and boat. As the installation progresses, messages will be written in support, contrast and literal obfuscation of one another, moving the space from visual calm to a layered visual chaos—a beautiful sea of color from afar, a restless reality upon closer inspection. Each time Add Color (Refugee Boat) is shown it both shares in the memory of past iterations, reflecting the time, place and people that come together to create it.

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Left: Yoko Ono, Dream. Right: Installation view of Yoko Ono, Add Color (Refugee Boat) at Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2016. Images courtesy of the artist.